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Rolle not looking for kudos after single-handedly bringing Giants back from verge of doom

Giants' defender Antrel Rolle pulls down a pass

Giants' defender Antrel Rolle pulls down a pass during defensive drills at practice. (Aug. 2, 2010) Credit: Jon Winslow

It was three weeks ago today that Antrel Rolle saved the Giants’ season.

Well, maybe that’s how we’ll look back on it. I mean, when Antonio Pierce tooted his airhorn at reporters in the locker room in 2007 it wasn’t exactly looked upon as a seminal moment in locker room leadership. These moments take time to define. So maybe, in another couple of months, we’ll look back and say that Rolle’s disgust and his calling out of the players and coaches on his weekly WFAN spot after the Giants lost to the Colts turned out to be just that kind of galvanizing moment.

Heck, why wait? Let’s just ask Antrel about it now. The safety was asked yesterday whether he felt vindication because a lot of the things he called for in that radio rant have come to pass and have sparked the Giants to two wins in a row.

“Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t, I really don’t know,” Rolle said. “But the thing I honestly thought we were missing back then were guys weren’t having fun. I can’t say that now because we’re having a lot of fun. We’re having the time of our lives out there. It’s like being a little kid. We might be little kids but at the same time when we go out there we want to have a good time doing it.”

It brings up a chicken-and-egg argument. Are they having fun because they are winning or are they winning because they are having fun?

Rolle said the job of transforming the Giants and bringing everyone together isn’t done yet.

“It was a work in progress,” he said. “That’s why when people ask questions I say, ‘You all will know when we know.’ Hopefully we’re displaying it out there for y’all because it’s being displayed here in the locker room and out on the field…. I think we definitely understand each other and rally behind each other and play for each other a lot more than we did in previous games.”

Rolle was also asked is the results of his interview on WFAN have emboldened him to speak up more often.

“Nah, I don’t worry about that,” he said. “I don’t need to take kudos. I said what I said because I felt that in my heart and I just needed to get it out there any way I could. But I’m definitely not trying to take credit for that.”
 

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